Since 2005, Iowa highway fatalities have risen by approximately 10 percent. In 2005, the overall speed limit for rural highways in the state was increased from 65 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour.
The six years leading up to the speed limit change, there were 227 fatalities recorded by the Iowa Department of Transportation. Once the speed limit increased, the number of traffic-related fatalities began to rise. From 2005-2011 there were 250 individuals killed on rural highways in the state.
The speed limit is believed to play a large factor in this increase due to the fact the overall traffic deaths in Iowa has declined in recent years. Higher speed limits are associated with speeding vehicles, reckless driving, and speed-related car accidents.
If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by a reckless driver, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.
Four people died over the weekend after being involved in car accidents in the state of Iowa. Three different traffic-related accidents were responsible for these deaths.
A 17-year-old driver in Fort Dodge lost her life after she became airborne as a result of a single-car accident. A Waterloo man was also killed after he lost control of his vehicle on a county road in Cedar County.
In Boone, a 15-year-old driver was involved in a collision with a limo that left his grandparents dead. The young teen was unable to avoid an accident with the limo, and the impact of the crash instantly killed both of his grandparents. He was taken to the hospital, and later released.
Our thoughts are with the victims’ families and friends during this difficult time.